Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Announces Participation Agreement with Certain Affiliates of Westport Capital Partners LLC

ATLANTA, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (the "Company" or "PAC") today announced that it has entered into a participation agreement with certain affiliates of Westport Capital Partners, LLC ("Westport"), a privately-held real estate investment firm, to capitalize a mezzanine loan investment of up to $17.2 million in connection with a 304-unit multifamily development in Northern Virginia.  In connection with providing this mezzanine loan, PAC received an option to purchase the multifamily community upon completion and stabilization.  PAC expects to partner with affiliates of Westport on several similar multifamily mezzanine loan opportunities representing approximately $275 million in total development costs. MLV & Co. LLC ("MLV"), a New York investment bank, advised PAC on the structuring of the participation arrangement with affiliates of Westport.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Westport Capital Partners LLC," John A. Williams, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PAC, noted. "Mezzanine lending has been an important part of the growth of PAC.  We believe this arrangement will provide a template for a series of follow up deals that will enable us to continue this strong growth."

Howard Fife, a Principal at Westport commented, "We have followed PAC's growth trajectory over the last couple of years and are delighted to have the opportunity to invest with them in their robust pipeline. They have excellent management and development experience and we are excited by the projects which this arrangement contemplates funding."

About Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. is a Maryland corporation formed primarily to acquire and operate multifamily properties in select targeted markets throughout the United States.  As part of our business strategy, we may enter into forward purchase contracts or purchase options for to-be-built multifamily communities and we may make mezzanine loans, provide deposit arrangements, or provide performance assurances, as may be necessary or appropriate, in connection with the development of multifamily communities and other properties.  As a secondary strategy, we also may acquire or originate senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or mezzanine debt secured by interests in multifamily properties, membership or partnership interests in multifamily properties and other multifamily related assets and invest not more than 20% of our assets in other real estate related investments, as determined by our manager as appropriate for us.  Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, commencing with its tax year ended December 31, 2011.

About Westport Capital Partners LLC

Westport Capital Partners LLC is a real estate investment firm specializing in the opportunistic real estate arena.  Westport provides domestic and international investment opportunities to institutional and private clients.  The firm has offices in Wilton, CT, Los Angeles, CA and London, England.

About MLV & Co.

An independent full service investment bank and institutional broker dealer, MLV is focused on creative capital raising solutions to growth-oriented companies in real estate, financials, healthcare, energy & natural resources, emerging technology, transportation, and other "capital-intensive" sectors. Since its launch in 2010, MLV has completed more than 300 transactions and raised more than $8 billion on behalf of its clients. MLV has been the market leader in At-The-Market transactions ("ATMs") since its inception. From 2010 through the present, MLV has been the lead underwriter in over 140 ATMs totaling over $4 billion in notional value, surpassing every other investment bank during this period. MLV is a member of FINRA, NASDAQ, and the SIPC.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. As a general matter, forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expects," "should," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates," "projects," "intends," "believes," "outlook" and similar expressions.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon our historical performance, current plans, estimates, expectations and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. The inclusion of this forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual results, financial and otherwise, may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking:  our business and investment strategy; our projected operating results; estimates relating to our ability to make distributions to our stockholders in the future; availability of qualified personnel; local and national market conditions and trends in our industry; demand for and lease-up of apartment homes, supply of competitive housing product, and other economic conditions; availability of debt and/or equity financing and availability on favorable terms; changes in our asset values; our ability to maintain our qualification as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes; and economic trends and economic recoveries.

Additional discussions of risks, uncertainties and certain other important information appear in our publicly available filings made and to be made with the SEC, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the SEC on March 17, 2014 and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 12, 2014 and August 11, 2014, all under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."  All information in this release is as of August 19, 2014. The Company does not undertake a duty to update forward-looking statements, including its projected operating results.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.  The Company may, in its discretion, provide information in future public announcements regarding its outlook that may be of interest to the investment community.

Additional Information

The SEC has declared effective the registration statement (including prospectus) filed by the Company for each of the offerings to which this communication may relate.  Before you invest, you should read the final prospectus, and any prospectus supplements, forming a part of the registration statement and other documents the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the offering to which this communication may relate.  In particular, you should carefully read the risk factors described in the final prospectus and in any related prospectus supplement and in the documents incorporated by reference in the final prospectus and any related prospectus supplement to which this communication may relate. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.  Alternatively, the Company or its dealer manager, International Assets Advisory, LLC, with respect to the Follow-On Offering, or its sales agent, MLV, with respect to the ATM Offering, will arrange to send you a prospectus if you request it by calling Leonard A. Silverstein at (770) 818-4100, 3625 Cumberland Boulevard, Suite 1150, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.

The final prospectus for the Follow-On Offering, dated October 11, 2013, can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183213000128/a424b3prospectus900m.htm

The final prospectus and prospectus supplement for the ATM Offering, dated July 19, 2013 and February 28, 2014, respectively, can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183214000015/prospectussupplementatm-20.htm

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SOURCE Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.




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